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Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Announces Gail Jackson-Blount as First African-American Board President

Boston, MA (January 25, 2017) - The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Board of Directors proudly announces the appointment of Gail Jackson-Blount as board President. The 46-year-old MWPC is the nation's oldest and non-partisan women's political action organization committed to increasing the number of women elected to public office and appointed to public policy positions.

Its members include a diverse group of influential women in the political, academic, business, and non-profit communities, and offers programs that strive to increase the interest of women in the political process and helps them to be successful in the political arena. The MWPC Political Action Committee (PAC) also assists women running for office by providing them with financial support, consultation, technical assistance and post-election training. MWPC also advocates on a variety of issues that have an impact on women in the Commonwealth.

"I've had the distinct pleasure of working with Gail who is an experienced professional who understands and is committed to advancing the values of MWPC," said Meg Hogan, outgoing President of MWPC. "As the first African American woman to serve in this role, we are excited about the leadership and fresh perspective she will bring."

"In this new world order the role of MWPC is essential. In order to hold ground on important hard earned rights we need to get more women elected to office. The emphasis now is to recruit more women to run as well as to deepen and diversify the pipeline," said Sarah McCarthy Welsh, Executive Director of MWPC. "Gail understands this imperative and will provide leadership on these issues."

"I am thrilled by the opportunity to serve in the role of president with such a vibrant and diverse group of women, particularly at a time when women's parity and electoral progress demand that we do more, and I applaud MWPC's participation in the recent historic women's march," said Jackson-Blount. Our goal is to continue being present, actively involved in getting women from all walks of life elected to public office, and working in collaboration with others to grow and preserve our hard-fought gains in women's rights. We must work even harder to encourage and support women's involvement in public service at every level."

Gail is the President of Gail Jackson Communications, a public relations, marketing & communications consultancy where she provides strategic communications programs, new business development, and fundraising for public and private companies. She has served as Chief Community Outreach Strategist for Martha Coakley's US Senate Campaign, as Senior Director of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, as Executive Director for Community Outreach and Political Affairs of the 2004 Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) leading state and regional political and community outreach, Director of the Ad Club Foundation providing diversity programs to New England's Advertising and Communications Industry, as Executive Director of Communications at Roxbury Community College, Public Information Director at Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., and as global communications consultant for Wang Laboratories, Inc. She has also held a number of positions in City and State Government and is a staunch supporter of organizations and programs that foster the development of young girls and women.

She will work closely with its Board and newly elected executive committee members to move forward the organizations agenda to encourage and support women who choose to run for political office. A native Bostonian, Gail and her husband Ray reside in Quincy, MA.

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Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Joins Boston
Women's March for America as the Fiscal Sponsor

More than 15K Commit to March in Back Bay for Justice and Equal Rights

BOSTON, MA, January 5, 2017 -- With almost two weeks until Boston Women's March for America, march organizers today announced Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) has signed on as a partner for the January 21 event.

The Boston Women's March for America is one of over 100 happening nationwide and internationally inspired by the Women's March on Washington. On the day after the Inauguration, Americans will unite in towns, cities and schools from Boston to Anchorage to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation.

"More than ever, we are seeing the importance of maximizing the participation of women of all ages in the political process," said Sarah McCarthy Welsh, executive director at MWPC. "We are honored to join Boston Women's March for America and to celebrate our shared commitment of supporting women in politics and initiatives that serve to ensure greater equality for women."

Boston Women's March for America - with more than 15,000 committed to attend - now has more than 40 community partners.

"Boston is a city steeped in history, and has the opportunity to again make history with the city's largest march," said Yordanos Eyoel, a spokesperson for Boston Women's March for America. "Together with Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus and our other partners - we are proud to build a platform for all of us to come together and stand for what we believe in."

The full list of Boston Women's March for America's community partners includes 1199SEIU; 32BJ SEIU; Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia; Asian-American Women's Political Initiative; Big Sister Association of Greater Boston; Boston Area Rape Crisis Center; Boston Impact Initiative; Boston Public Health Commission; Boston Women's Fund; Bow Seat Ocean Awareness; Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center; Cambridge Women's Commission; Coalition for Social Justice; Conservation Law Foundation; Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries; Global Citizens Initiative; Harvard Black Law Students Association; Harvard Extension Environmental Club; Health Care For All; Home Care Aide Council; International Social Work Solutions, Inc; Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action; Latina Circle; Mass NOW; Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition; MassEquality; Midwives for Peace & Justice; National Association of Social Workers - MA Chapter (NASW-MA); National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter; Oxfam; Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts; Progressive Massachusetts; Progressive Watertown; Rosie's Place; Schools for Children, Inc.; SEIU 888; Somerville Commission for Women; Songbird Sings; The Welcome Project; Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry; W2O - Women Working for Oceans; Women, Gender, and Health (WGH) Interdisciplinary Concentration, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH); Youth on Board; and YW Boston.

Boston Women's March for America launched as an organic, grassroots effort in response to the massive event planned in Washington, DC. Spearheaded by local activists and organizers, the march will bring together people across Massachusetts and throughout New England, particularly women of all backgrounds, races, religions, ages and abilities, as well as communities of immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA. While led by women, march organizers say all are welcome to attend.

Boston Women's March for America route and event logistics will be announced in the coming days.

For more information on Boston Women's March for America, visit bostonwomensmarchforamerica.org.

About Boston Women's March for America

On January 21, 2017, we will unite in Boston to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation -- among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities. We stand for religious freedom, human rights, climate justice, racial justice, economic justice, and reproductive justice. Together, we will send a message to our leaders, and the world, that the United States of America stands for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination.

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